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We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces by [Students Scriber Lake High School]
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  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00850JP08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was so moved by this collection of stories written by students at a high school near Seattle. The stories themselves are powerful, but what is even more powerful is the courage it took to tell them and the motivation it took for the students to put together this collection (with the help of a teacher and local author) and share it with the world. With so many ridiculous representations of teenagers on television, etc, it is so important that real kids are represented as well and this is a glimpse into the lives of a few of them.
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One of my grand daughters is one of the 14 students in this book. I am very proud of her. One day at a time and an attitude of it's better to be a mile walking out of hell rather than a million miles going toward hell is what she is learning.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows me well. I love stories of people who are becoming self-aware, learning about themselves and the world. This book has a number of stories written by teenagers that are so stunningly honest in dealing with issues that sheltered me never had to worry about. My heart was ripped open by these kids, who are brave enough to tell their stories with unabashed passion and conviction in this book. The short story format makes it an "easy" read, if reading what it's like to have faced incredible challenges can be called easy. I especially loved the hope in the students' profiles after their stories. It's apparent that this book has/will continue to change their lives. Highly recommended reading for anyone who knows teens, works with them, or ever was one...everyone. It could change yours, too.
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A friend of mine told me about this book so I purchased the kindle, and from the first page to last I couldn't put it down. Each story moves you in a different way, and each teen comes from a different set of circumstances.

Scriber Lake High is an alternative high school in Lynnwood, WA. that focuses on kids who otherwise might get lost in a regular setting. The classes are smaller making it easier to give individualized attention.

I found that each story had its own learning experience while that particular teen found self awareness. Very inspirations.

The teachers who helped put this book together are just wonderful.

Thanks for sharing your stories Kiddos...
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We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories By Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces
Marjie Bowker and Ingrid Ricks (Editors)
Scriber Lake High School (2012), Paperback, 80 pages

Wow.

Fourteen strong stories baring hearts, souls and feelings. Tough stuff for anyone, especially a teenager, to write. The product of a writing program in an alternative High School, this is a collection transformative moments in the lives of teens who were, not so long ago, considered 'at-risk' or worse. The contributors to this collection are not only telling their own stories, but are being an example for other kids in crisis. They are not just surviving, but thriving.
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This book is not to be taken lightly. These 14 amazing teens had to battle some of the toughest obstacles at such a young age and they survived it. It takes a very strong individual to overcome things mentioned in this book. I truly relate to several of these stories. Its wonderful to know these teens got a second chance because a lot don't. Definitely give this book a read.
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What if you were forced to point a gun at a stranger as part of a gang venture? What if you saw your 'tweaker' dad on an eight-ball meth high, or had to deal with sexual abuse - and somehow find a way to survive? These are stories from "We Are Absolutely Not Okay" - and they are not fiction. They are part of 14 riveting true-life narratives by students of a Seattle-area alternative high school.

And you won't come away from reading this book unmoved. This is not a throw-away novel. You will keep these real kids in your thoughts, hoping their tomorrows are better. That they end up absolutely okay forever.
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My friend passed "We Are Absolutely Not Okay: Fourteen Stories by Teenagers Who Are Picking Up the Pieces" to me because I have grandchildren who are tweens, and she felt this was an imperative read. Oh, my. What an intense reading experience.
Fourteen teens got together to complete a necessary (and possibly healing) task in which each tells their unique stories about being lost in life. This is heavy. This is Sad, This is heart wrenching, but it is a novel everyone should read. Not Okay isn't perfect by literary standards, the stories aren't all nicely woven, but knowing this is straight from the heart, makes it even more moving for readers. I felt I got to know each kid as their story unfolded, and the empathy was overwhelming, although some stories seemed to duplicate another.

Hopefully this will land into the hands of more and more teachers (I've gifted two copies), and hopefully this helps them better understand what might be taking place in the minds of the young kids under their tutelage. True insight into why some fail classes. What some kids go through is simply unbearable, and these stories made me admire such courage, and had me cheering for all to overcome. Through their words, readers see the innocence of youthful minds who had to grow up fast, yet remain naïve.
I do wish the authors who put these tales together would have put more effort into improving the overall flow, but again, perhaps they wanted the slightly sloppy exposition to mirror the untidy lives of these kids.

I hope readers absorb these true stories, look deep within and try to find some way to help (community volunteer centers are a good start), but most importantly, if even one of these stories helps keep another child from slipping off track and winding up in a place as bad or worse than their abusive home life, that makes this read even more worthwhile.
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